Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Cole Beasley, who has made headlines for refusing to get vaccinated, slammed the NFL for keeping him out of Sunday’s pivotal game.
“Just to be clear Covid is not keeping me out of this game. The rules are. Vaxxed players are playing with Covid every week now because they don’t test,” he wrote on Instagram.
Beasley has been placed on his team’s reserve/COVID-19 list as of Tuesday and will be required to miss ten days of practices and games. Notably, he will be absent when his 8-6 team challenges the favored 9-5 New England Patriots to tie up, or give up the lead of the AFC East division.
“One of my vaxxed teammates is in the hospital missing games. I’m sure he didn’t get this same energy. Everyone else, if you don’t get what’s happening then there is nothing anybody can do for you,” he said.
The wide receiver has faced backlash for his refusal of the vaccine earlier this year. “I’m not anti- or pro-vax — I’m pro-choice. With that being said, the issue at hand is information being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with,” he said in July.
Beasley sparred with Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban after he was abused by fans during a home game over his vaccination status.
“Only place I get boo’d is at our home stadium, then some of the same people want me to take pictures and sign autographs,” he tweeted. “I thought bills fans were the best in the world? Where’d they go? If the vaccine works then why do vaxxed people need to be protected from unvaxxed?”
“Bease, the problem isn’t so much your choice as it is your logic. You know the rules that apply to your choice, and that is yours to make,” Cuban commented on the post. “But the examples you give as the basis for why you make your choice are questionable.”
“I didn’t get it cause I do not need it. What other explanation do you need? The fact that I need to explain any reason for my own choice is the problem,” Beasley fired back. “That’s the whole point. The risks are not the same for everyone.”
As for his recent diagnosis, Beasley said that his infection hasn’t presented in a serious form. “I am feeling fine with mild symptoms. Thank you for the support. I look forward to being back out there with my teammates soon,” he wrote on Tuesday.